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Neighborhood Art House Taste of the Arts student art.
Taste of the Arts: One World One Family

Join the celebration!

Taste of the Arts 2017: One World One Family
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
201 East Tenth St, Erie PA

Donation: $75 person

5:00 p.m. Cocktails and Light Buffet
6:00 p.m. Program with performances by the Neighborhood Art House Children

REGISTER HEREor contact the Neighborhood Art House at or (814) 455-5508.

The diverse cultural gifts that Erie’s inner-city children have to offer will be celebrated through the theme One World, One Family and features

Sale of Children’s Artwork
Treasure Board
Silent Auction
Live Auction

This event provides much needed funding to support yearlong after school and summer programming in the arts and the environment for inner-city children at the Neighborhood Art House.

When: Sep 12 at 5:00 pm

Around the Art House

Neighborhood Art House Summer - in the manner of Chihuly
It was a sock; now it's an elephant in Neighborhood Art House summer programVertical Gardens created by upcycling embroidery hoops and electrical wire and adding Crayola Model Magic Clay brings out the imagination!Junk Art - summer class at the Neighborhood Art House
Young ones making picture frames from popsicle sticks.Preparing white garments for dying.Applying the powdered fabric sensitive dye.Showing off the garments they prepared.
Click image for slide show.

"What is that hanging in the garden?" you might ask as you drive by the Art House. Created "in the manner of Chihuly," the famous glass sculpture artist who works in huge dimensions, it is the work of the Fun With Acrylics Class. However, this sculpture is made out of plastic bottles, not glass. This class project directed by Mary Kay Geary is just one of the many examples of "upcycled art" created at the Art House this summer.

In Sue Hunter's clay classes the children used Crayola Model Magic provided through a partnership with Springhill Suites, wire recovered from the installation of new lighting last school-year and wooden embroidery hoops donated over the years to create hangings depicting each child's version of a vertical garden. Inspiration for these came from the newly installed vertical garden created by Sr. Pat Lupo's gardening class and funded by "Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful."

Mosaics teacher Sharon Bannon's classes used the content of any home's "junk drawer" to express their interests while Sr. Susan Freitag's 7-8 year olds made picture frames from popsicle sticks and paper mache bowls that re-purposed old newspaper. Other up-cycled art projects included sock critters made from new pair-less socks donated by the manufacturer and basic carving using foam packing. A grant from Erie Arts and Culture is funding the art materials needed to change these ordinary discards into works of art.

Sarah Everett's Wearable Art classes, funded by a grant from Gannon University's Schuster re-grant program, focused on a coloration method called "ice dying". Using various patterns of folds, twists and rubber bands, the children prepared white tee-shirts, jumpers, skirts, and totes for the dying process to come. They placed the wet garment into a colander, covered it with a thick layer of ice, then applied fiber reactive dye powders. As the ice melted, the color soaked into the fabric creating patterns and unpredictable color variations. By Friday the children were able to model their new wardrobe items as well as show off the decorated hats and jewelry pieces they had made.

  • Reductive Relief Print. Empathy (age 13) - 2017

  • Repurposed Computer Parts, Found Objects, Paint. RoQuann (age 9) - 2017

  • Chalk Pastel. Nadia (age 14) - 2017

  • Found Object Collage with Spray Paint.Tomas (age 12) - 2017

  • Pen Drawing. Oscar (age 14) - 2017

  • Colored Pencil Drawing. Jahir (age 14) - 2017

  • Chalk Pastel. Nadia (age 14) - 2017

  • Mixed Media Painting on Fabric. Olivia (age 9) - 2017

  • Reductive Relief Print. Julliana (age 10) - 2017

  • Photo Transfer on Wood. Lucy (age 12) - 2017

  • Found Object Collage with Spray Paint. London (age 9) - 2017

  • Reductive Relief Print. Valentino (age 11) - 2017

  • Mixed Media Painting on Fabric. Julia (age 9) - 2017

Coming Events

September 12 at 5:00 pm

On-Line Registration available here

Classes - 2017 Fall Term

Neighborhood Art House Fall Classes begin

Registration Forms are now available! They can be picked-up at the Neighborhood Art House office, 201 East 10th Street or downloaded as a pdf. The 2017 Fall Schedule is the class registration form. One must be submitted for each child being registered. Only one 2017 Participation Agreement is to be completed for the entire family.

Students ages 7 - 14 are welcome to sign up for all classes Monday through Friday, or may select the particular days and class periods that they will attend. Class times have been altered for the 2017 Fall Term so that they better align with the new school schedules for the Erie Public Schools.

3:00 - 3:10 Snack and Gathering
3:15 - 4:00 1st Class
4:00 - 4:45 2nd Class
4:45 - 5:30 3rd Class

Please be aware that registrations are processed in the order in which they have been received. As classes fill, your child's second or third class choice will be used. At times, even these are filled. We will do our best to place each child according to his/her preferences. Register early to increase the likelihood that you child will be placed in classes that have been chosen.

Photo Slideshows

Art House Classes: Spring to Summer

NAH Summer Field Trips

Contact Information

Neighborhood Art House
201 East 10th Street
Erie, PA 16503

Telephone: (814) 455-5508
Fax: (814) 480-8942

Sister Annette Marshall, OSB
Executive Director

Sister Peg Pilewski, OSB
Program Director

Inner-City Neighborhood Art House • 201 East 10th Street • Erie, PA 16503 • T: (814) 455-5508 • F: (814) 480-8942